privit bushes - Knowledgebase Question

Name: suburbangarden13
rochester, Ne
Question by suburbangarden13
June 6, 2009
i have a small hedge row of privit bushes. i transplanted them last year from another spot in my yard they were healthy and doing fine. this year alot of the leaves are curled up and it seems to be doing on more of the bushes. the leaves are still green just not healthy looking. what do you think this is

Answer from NGA
June 6, 2009


Privets are suscesptible to aphids. Aphids or plant lice are small, soft-bodied insects that usually attack young, tender growth at the shoot tip. They suck plant juices and can cause new leaves to curl. Aphids are green, reddish, or black. Insecticidal soaps wlll kill the pests. Try to keep the population under control before the leaves curl - curled leaves will not unfurl once the damage is done.

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